About and History

The Grange is a family focused, agriculturally-based national organization which has State, county or district, and community based units. The Grange was organized on December 4, 1867 and allowed young people and women as equal members from the beginning.

Any person of good character and with an interest in agriculture is entitled to apply for membership in the Grange. Membership in the Grange gives you a voice locally, at the county, state and national level through our grassroots policy development process. It also gives you the opportunity to learn and grow as a person and a leader. Membership begins at age 13 and a half.

Boring-Damascus Grange is the 260th Grange organized in Oregon and currently serves the Boring and Damascus Communities. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and every member present has a voice and vote. We are non-partisan and non-sectarian.

We were organized as Damascus Grange on February 16, 1893 by Edward Forbes. The current Grange hall on Grange Street in Boring was built through the efforts of the Grange and dedicated as a  Grange hall in 1937. In the 1970’s the Grange changed its name to Boring-Damascus to reflect both communities.

The Charter members of Damascus Grange were:
Thomas H. Feathers,
Mattie “Mary” H. Feathers,
George W. Feathers, (son),
Cornelius H. Thompson,
Austin Newell,
Mary E. Newell,
Seth C. Young,
Clarissa Irene Young,
J. R. Morton,
Ella A. Morton,
Myndret William Gardner,
Ann P. Gardner,
Francis “Frank” Leroy Bates,
John L. Bates,
Ida E. Bates,
Martha A. Howk,
Don Sharp,
David Vinzant
Mary Eva Bates,
John C. Royer,
Edward Boring.